Forever associated with the classic thriller The Thirty-nine Steps, Buchan wrote over a hundred books, including a series of 'shockers' as he called them, children's books and tales of the supernatural. He also wrote biographies and was the author of what many regard as the finest history ever written of the Great War. A man of formidable energy, he had a distinguished career in public life. He ran the Ministry of Information during the First World War, and after eight years as a Conservative MP he ended his career as Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor-General of Canada. In this biography, Andrew Lownie has been able to draw on private papers not used before, which have enabled him to paint a compelling picture of Buchan's life, and a panoramic view of political, social and literary circles during the first half of the twentieth century.
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